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Updated: June 21, 2012 11:41 IST

Lane discipline drive loses its way

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FALLING FLAT: A divider installed by the Bangalore traffic police to enforce lane discipline lies broken under a car on M.G. Road. Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.
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FALLING FLAT: A divider installed by the Bangalore traffic police to enforce lane discipline lies broken under a car on M.G. Road. Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

Motorists say they don’t know about it, police still hopeful

Despite the traffic police’s campaign to enforce lane discipline, motorists appear to be pretty cavalier about the effort.

It’s been a fortnight since the drive was launched, but it’s hardly made any dent on lane discipline. The police are rather in a generous mood at the moment. As Additional Commissioner of Police M.A. Saleem put it: “People should understand the concept first.”

Even so, the police are looking at other key roads where they can extend the drive.

But, in the absence of a proper campaign, motorists are not even aware that such a drive is on. Many suddenly come up against the row of tubular cones placed by the police and insist this is adding to the traffic jams. Sudarshan W.S., a motorist said: “The traffic police needs to publicise the campaign to make this initiative successful.”

Shushruth R. Bellal said: “I’m not aware of the junctions where I am expected to follow lane discipline.”

The traffic police have not yet fined anybody for violating lane discipline. Mr. Saleem said there is a grace period of another month. Describing the 10 junctions as “teaching laboratories”, he hoped people would follow lane discipline in other parts of the city as well.

The ldrive was started on June 3 to have a direction-oriented traffic to prevent congestion at the Queen's Statue Circle, Anil Kumble Circle, Basaveshwara Circle, Shivananda Circle, Cauvery Arts and Crafts Junction, Bashyam Circle, South End Circle, K.R. Road, Trinity Circle and Webb's Junction.

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